The Role & Identity of the
Tánaiste August 2013
Aims of Workshop
• Explore the role of Deputy Principal as a leader
• Stimulate thinking about your moral purpose
• Examine the expectations of those around you
• Introduce the idea of reflective practice
• Outline an aim/something you would like to
achieve this year
What is the Deputy Principal
• Role traditionally not clearly defined
• Role usually associated with particular areas of
responsibility such as discipline, attendance,
• Main role is often seen as one of maintaining
stability and order in the school
• Can be seen as a maintenance rather than a
developmental or leadership function.
The Deputy Principal:
• A position of vital importance
• Responsible, under the Principal, for internal
organisation, administration and discipline
• Acts as principal when the Principal is absent
• Consulted by Principal re implementation of
• Assists with day to day running of school
• Developing educational aims and
objectives, curriculum & assessment
• Preparing school plan
• Promoting ongoing staff development
• Monitoring & evaluating the
professional performance of the
• Dealing with staff disciplinary problems
• Student discipline
• Not exhaustive! (Circular 4/98)
What are the expectations of:
• Management Body/DES?
• Your own expectations of yourself?
What expectations do the Deputy
Principal and Principal
have of each other?
“Make no mistake about it. Once you cross the
boundary to become a Deputy, you can no longer look
upon yourself as one of the troops. Of course, you can
represent the views of staff to the Principal, but you
can never again be one of them.”
Deputy Principal in Lincolnshire
• What do staff expect of you?
• Differences between stepping
up from within or from outside?
Relationship with Pupils
• Key influence on the learning
that takes place in the
• How can you make a positive
difference to learning?
Planning and Reflecting
Outline aim/something you would
like to achieve this year